Loaned-out Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi has opened up on why he decided to get away from the north London club this season.
The Frenchman departed on a temporary basis this summer, joining German outfit Hertha Berlin on loan for the season, and it seems as though he’s very happy with his decision.
Guendouzi claimed that the decision was all his after rumours of Mikel Arteta falling out with him.
“I needed to have fun on the pitch, to regain confidence and that’s what Hertha offers me. It really is a choice I made,” the Gunners loanee told Telefoot (via Goal).
“In the space of two seasons I have played more than 80 games with Arsenal.
“When you play less, you start to think and it hurts”
Guendouzi’s comments here are certainly interesting.
The Frenchman clearly wasn’t happy with life at Arsenal under Arteta, complaining about his lack of minutes and saying that he needed to get away to have fun again.
It seems as though this loan spell has been beneficial for him as well, he’s been praised by the Hertha manager, while the club’s director has hinted that he wants to keep him at the club on a permanent basis.
Whether or not that can happen remains to be seen, but with Guendouzi taking aim at Arteta with these comments, it seems as though their relationship is slightly fractured.
This is a situation that Arsenal will want to monitor as the youngster seems to be enjoying life away from the Emirates.